The PhD student podcasts you need to listen to

6.5 million people in the UK listen to podcasts each week, and it’s no surprise with the range of shows out there. We’ve compiled six essential podcasts that every PhD student should tune into.

There are a range of podcasts aimed at PhD students.

1). Hello PhD

Postgraduate students Joshua Hall and Daniel Arneman bring their experiences of PhD study to this lively and wide-ranging podcast.

Recent topics have included making a plan to repay your student loan, defending your thesis via Zoom and how to stay motivated when the going gets tough.

2). This is Grad School

A podcast for PhD students, by PhD students. This is Grad School provides a casual place for researchers to decompress and discuss relevant topics.

Although it has not been updated since March 2019, the episodes still cover a variety of appropriate concerns. Highlights include tips for attending academic conferences and how to nail interviews.

3). Personal Finance for PhDs

Whether you’ve received a scholarship or are self-funding, looking after your finances is a regular concern when you’re a PhD student.

Personal Finance for PhDs imparts pearls of wisdom on budgets, investment and debt repayment, with regular guests from the worlds of academia and finance.

4). Career Talk – Learn, Grow, Thrive

It’s important to think about your next career move when your PhD studies are over.

You may wish to apply the skills you learn on your studies to a career outside of academia. If that’s the case, Career Talk will empower you to take control of your future with interview prep, CV tips and solid advice from industry professionals.

5). Student Mental Health

The stresses of being a PhD student can put a strain on your mental health.

Seeking support from your university is important, but there are also a range of podcasts out there to help you combat any concerns.

The burgeoning Student Mental Health podcast offers bite sized guidance on battling issues brought on from studying.

6). In Depth, Out Loud

You may already be familiar with The Conversation, which publishes regular stories from the world of research (including one from our academics).

They now have their own podcast, informing the world of engaging research concerning politics, culture, health and business.